I have the privilege of asking the Father for the most effective ways of communicating to teenagers and their parents the power and importance of reserving sex for a lifetime, marital relationship. Typically, parents are worried sick that their teen will succumb to peer pressure. After all, everyone is doing it, right? So, they focus on all the negative consequences surrounding sex outside of marriage, hoping that the fear of STDs or pregnancy will be strong enough to keep them from sexual activity. Teens, on the other hand, have been taught to walk a thin line. Our society tells them not to go too far, just far enough so that they can fit in and not look different. Fact is, that slope is too slippery and the line not easily walked. They begin the progression toward sexual intercourse far too young leaving them nowhere to go except to become just another face in the crowd, not different at all.
“Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own, you were bought with a price. Therefore, honor God with your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:18 – 20
Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit, the very place where His Holy Presence dwells. When we as believers, have sex outside of marriage, outside of His design, and outside of His blessings…we violate His temple. We are not our own, we are bought with a price.
When we reserve sex for marriage and follow His design and receive His blessings…can you imagine anything more powerful than two becoming one in the unity of His Spirit? Our teens can understand deep truths with the Holy Spirit as their teacher. Have faith in Him and enough hope in them to raise the bar higher.